"Alcoholism Is a Disease" by Nicholas A.

Alcoholism is a term that is widely recognized throughout the United States and the World.

In order to understand alcoholism, we must first de...

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Date Submitted: 09/10/2006 03:25:26
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Length: 2 pages (466 words)

Many scientists have tried to define what Alcoholism is, and what this disease may be rooted from.

"Alcoholism Is Not a Disease" by Herbert Fingarette.

There have been numerous studies over the past several years looking forspecific biologic markers of alcoholism. The idea has been that a biologicmarker which is associated with alcoholism will give validity to the diseaseconcept, aid in the diagnosis of the disease and, perhaps, lead to more specifictreatments with better outcomes. Although numerous biologic markers have beenfound, no marker to date has a high sensitivity or specificity and there hasbeen no etiologic association made with any such marker. Despite thedisappointing results so far, this line of research is absolutely necessary ifwe are to improve our understanding of the disease and search for bettertreatments. There have been no definite cause and effect sequences defined atthis point, but the following examples of biologic markers still remainsupportive evidence for the concept of alcoholism being a biologic disease.

Alcoholism is indeed a medical disease living in abnormalities in the brain.

This study clearly separated the biologic and environmental influences onthe incidence of alcoholism. In addition, it suggested that alcoholism and otherdrug addictions may not be different from each other-an idea that many treatmentclinicians have suspected for a long time. The study did not discount the ideathat developmental experiences may be of importance. Interestingly, the studydemonstrated statistical evidence for heritability of what has traditionallybeen considered to be environmentally determined-personality style (or disorder)

non-alcoholic parents developed alcoholism at the rate predicted by the

The type of alcohol suitable for consumption is known an Ethanol.

The author symbolically presents the stages of alcoholism, its effects on the alcoholic, as well as how the alcoholic’s family and friends change towards Neddy.

The most common problem is alcoholism.

If Alcoholism was in fact an uncontrollable disease, that takes control of various organs and functions of the body as it deteriorates them, one would not be able to do this process successfully.

Alcohol becomes the most important part of the person's life.

Constant debate is always a factor among the medical and psychological community as to whether Alcoholism is in fact a disease or just a state of mind.

In 2009, about 59.3% of high school seniors had consumed alcohol.

Alcoholism is a complex disease with physical, social and psychological consequences, but it can be treated through detoxification and anti-anxiety drugs.

Compulsion and craving of alcohol rules the life of the alcoholic.

What will be explained in this essay is basically the history of alcohol, signs of one possibly being an alcoholic, possibilities to why one becomes an alcoholic, and treatments for it....

Many of us drink alcohol to socialize which is not alcoholism.

Other investigators who have contributed greatly to the field of geneticsof alcoholism are Kaij, Kaprio, Goodwin, Schulsinger, Winokur, Guze andCloninger.

An alcoholic is a frequent habitual user.

Tetrahydroisoquinolone (THIQ)- This compound is a condensation product whichhas been found in the urine of some alcoholics but not in non-alcoholics (or insmaller quantities). THIQ has been found to bind to the delta opioid receptorsin the central nervous system and seems to make mice prefer ethanol. Thesuggestion has been made that this may explain the addiction to alcohol, butthis is largely unsupported.